Fast Forward Montage to Music

Ok let’s blow the dust off this thing, otherwise someone’s gonna write “WASH ME” with their finger on my homepage.


  1. Had a great experience with the No, YOU Tell It! workshop. Got some insightful feedback from my fellow writers, heard my story read aloud ass-kickingly well, and got to read another person’s fabulous story in front of an audience. More fun than a bouncy castle full of nitrous. Listen here to my story, read by Fred Backus, and here to Fred’s story, read by me.
  2. New year! Feels good, like I’m Peter Gabriel post-Genesis, like 2012 was the last crappy year in a band I outgrew and 2013 is the year I wear robot makeup and compose an epic anthem of independence that will resonate for generations. Or maybe just write some haikus.
  3. Realized I’m partial to funny men who are partial to cats. There’s a McSweeney’s post in there somewhere. To the typewriter!!

Switching It Up

Without a doubt, a highlight of the past few weeks was being invited to participate in the No, YOU Tell It! Reading Series – a workshop in which four writers develop personal stories based on a theme, and then trade stories with another writer for a live reading in front of an audience. If past readings are any indication, it’s a fascinating exercise in point of view and interpretation, as you listen to one person’s experience – complete with cadence and character – come out of another’s mouth. I am thrilled (and a little intimidated!) to be participating in this round.

As I write, I’m trying hard to put aside notions of tone and style as they relate to being read out loud, and just tell the story. But I’m always aware that there’s a difference between how someone might perform (and how an audience will interpret) a first person monologue, versus a piece with a lot of description and exposition. Nonetheless, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable challenge.

The next No, YOU Tell It! reading will take place on Monday, November 12th at 7:30pm.